The editorial, which said the newspaper would no longer publish anything concerning the war of words between Lebanon’s mayor and one of the city councilors, was also judged to be a recipient of the Meeman Award, a cash prize awarded to newspapers for editorials or public service articles.
The newspaper received second place for Best Single Feature for an article written by Hatcher called “Her life once stolen,” about the illness and recovery of local artist and educator Kathy Eckler.
Other awards included fourth place for Best Education Reporting for “Leadership Changes” at Lebanon High School by John Bryan and Tommy Bryan, sports editor; and “Five candidates” regarding the search for a new county schools director by Owensby.
The paper took fourth place for Best Sports Photograph for “Acrobatic Act” by Tommy Bryan for a photo showing a player for the University of the Cumberlands going airborne during a game against Cumberland University.
The newspaper received fifth place for Editorials, written by Hatcher and John Bryan about the cost of fixing our infrastructure, especially in light of the bridge collapse that occurred in Minnesota last year; and city leaders’ comments, respectively.
The Post also received a fifth place nod for Public Service in a series of articles dealing with last year’s harsh weather including a hard freeze followed by drought. Staff contributing to the series included Owensby, Horton, Hatcher, Tommy Bryan, John Bryan and Megan E. Bryan.
“Congratulations to all,” Horton said. “We celebrated our fifth anniversary in June, and these awards are, if you will, the icing on the cake. Again, I extend my congratulations to all for their awards.”